Travel Tours

Discover the world with our guided educational tours.

Discover the pleasures of learning while you explore fascinating and spectacular areas of the world. You'll join a small group of fellow travelers led by academic guides who share their knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the destinations.

Our travel study program offers educational travel to destinations around the globe. Itineraries are chosen carefully to offer a safe and comprehensive way to explore history, culture, nature and the arts through visits to sites not usually available to travelers, as well as to those well-known sites.

Join us!

We welcome all interested persons, regardless of educational background—you don’t need a prerequisite for this university program! These tours will appeal to you if you want more from your travel experience than standing in lines or shopping for souvenirs.

Included in your tour:

  • Return airfare and comfortable land transportation
  • Accommodation
  • All admissions and excursions
  • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary
  • Baggage handling at hotels, where available
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour classroom sessions

2020 Tours

View our 2020 travel tours in the list below. If you would like to be sent a booklet and are not already on our mailing list, please contact us at art.sci@uvic.ca or 250-721-7797.

2021 Tours

Which tour destinations should we offer in 2021? View possible tours and help us decide!

 

From Mexico City to Oaxaca

Art and Food! April 21 – May 10, 2020. From the architecture of ancient civilizations to the galleries of modern design, this tour will take you on an exciting adventure through Mexico to experience highlights of its rich artistic heritage and award-winning cuisine.

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From Paris to Bayeux

... and the Loire Valley! May 26 – June 13, 2020. On this 19-day tour of la Belle France, we will discover three of its beautiful regions. Our first destination will be the medieval city of Bayeux, in Normandy.

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Journey to Israel

…with a visit to Petra, Jordan. Nov. 17 – Dec. 4, 2020. A journey to Israel is an unforgettable experience that encompasses the promised land of the Jews, the birthplace of Christianity and some of the holiest sites in Islam.

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Music and Theatre in London

... with visits to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath! June 15 – 30, 2020. On this leisurely 16-day tour to London and surrounding cities, we will enjoy a combination of music, theatre and historical and cultural tours.

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Our Northwest Coast

Aug. 6 – 18, 2020. Leave the big cities behind and join this exciting 13-day exploration of Northwest Coast art and culture and the life and works of Emily Carr.

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Journeying Together

with instructor Mary Byrne   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services Mary Byrne was at home with her four month old son when she got a phone call from Continuing Studies at UVic asking if she would be interested in teaching a course on

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French Language grad helps patients in West Africa

Michelle Pieke is a Canadian physiotherapist working in a leprosy clinic in West Africa. Find out how taking the French Language Diploma Program (FLDP) helped her get there.

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Top 7 Travel Tips for 2018

Remember that every country has its own customs and ways of doing things. Refrain from making comparisons to what “we do at home”. In fact, it’s a great idea to read up on the customs of the country or countries you plan to visit before you leave so that you’re not too surprised. Respect is key.

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Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm (and lives past 100!)

After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.

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In Memoriam: Michael Booth

We are sad to announce the recent passing of one of our long-time instructors and friends, Dr. Michael Booth.

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Take Your Vacation!

I’m always astounded when I talk to people who have accumulated vast amounts of unused vacation time. While I realize it’s often difficult to make time to be away from your work, studies have proven that those of us who use our vacation time to travel are happier and healthier for it. And your break away doesn’t need to be a 3-week excursion to some distant land – although it couldn’t hurt!

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It’s About Both the Journey AND the Destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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A Taste for Travel

A question that Rosa Stewart admits she is quite used to hearing from her undergrad students in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic. “But my Continuing Studies students are different,” she explains.

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan" Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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Janet McDonald, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8827
Email jaking@uvic.ca
Amy Errington, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-7997
Email art.sci@uvic.ca